Yammer buyout could fit with many Microsoft businesses

By , Network World |  Unified Communications, collaboration, Microsoft

Yammer itself earlier this spring made an acquisition that relates to Microsoft. Yammer bought OneDrum, a maker of software that allows users to work on Microsoft Office documents and other files collaboratively, according to IDG News Service. What's more, Yammer in April announced integration of its service with Microsoft Dynamics, a CRM product.

Yammer wouldn't appear to be hurting for cash, having recently raised $85 million in a fifth round of funding led by DFJ Growth, bringing total funding to $142 million. But becoming part of Microsoft would certainly give the company more muscle with which to compete vs. bigger companies.

Reaction to the possible deal has been mixed in social network circles. "cwilmc" on Twitter wrote: "Would fit great with Sharepoint, price is very steep though.." Less enthusiastic was "sbberg1", who wrote: "Wait. Dude. Come on. I like these guys. Please someone else step up."

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